Cross, former alderman, surrenders to police after weeks on the lam

HUDSON–Quintin E. Cross, 29, of Hudson, who was wanted by police in connection with the March burglary of City Hall, turned himself in with his attorney at 8:55 the morning of April 30 at the City Police station.

Mr. Cross, a former city alderman, was processed, booked and arraigned on a charge of third degree burglary in Columbia County Court before Judge Jonathan Nichols. He was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail, according to a press release from Hudson Police Chief Ellis C. Richardson.


Mr. Cross and his friend, Jamont McClendon, 28, of Hudson allegedly broke into City Hall at 520 Warren Street sometime over the weekend of March 17 and 18 by forcing open a second floor back door. They allegedly stole some loose change and cash amounting to less than $100.

The crime was reported shortly after 6 a.m. March 19 by custodial staff.

Police issued wanted bulletins for both men.

Mr. McClendon was captured April 3, 6:50 p.m. at 229 State Street after police received an anonymous tip that he was hiding out in apartment B. Mr. McClendon allegedly struggled with the officers trying to take him into custody. He was charged with third degree burglary and resisting arrest. He was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail after arraignment in County Court.

Mr. Cross remained on the run.

He was convicted five years ago on one count of fourth degree grand larceny for stealing thousands of dollars from the city during his term as alderman by making unauthorized charges on city credit cards.

He was in Columbia County Court in early March to discuss how he would make restitution for the $16,000 he still owes in connection with that case.

Released from jail about 18 months prior to that appearance, Mr. Cross reportedly told the court he could not pay back the money he owes because he could not found a job, but that he was slated to travel to China to work teaching English to Chinese students.


Shooter sought

A man was shot in the chest the night of Thursday, April 26 and police are looking for whoever did it.

Hudson Police detectives and patrol officers are investigating the shooting which occurred at 310 Columbia Street at 9:48 p.m.

Police received a 911 cell phone call reporting a gunshot victim at the Columbia Street location. Patrols found the victim, a 29-year-old man, who had an apparent single gunshot wound to the chest. Until the Greenport Rescue Squad arrived, police rendered aid to the victim, who was alert and responsive. The squad took him to Columbia Memorial Hospital and then to Albany Medical Center. No further details about the victim’s identity or condition were released.

The investigation is continuing. Greenport Police and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

Anyone with information about this or any crime is asked to contact Hudson Police at 518 828-3388 or the Detective Unit and Tips Line at 518 828-9900.



Steven Richardson, 29, of Hudson faces narcotics-related charges following an investigation by city detectives with the assistance of the State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team into illegal narcotics sales, April 25 at 6:14 p.m.

Mr. Richardson was charged with third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (sale, felony), third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (intent to sell, felony) and fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (excess of 500 milligrams, felony).

Mr. Richardson allegedly sold crack cocaine to an undercover police officer. Shortly after the sale, when he saw the police officers, Mr. Richardson allegedly fled. He was apprehended after a short foot pursuit. During the arrest, he was found to allegedly possess 15 pieces of crack cocaine. He allegedly attempted to discard the drugs during the arrest. A drug field test registered positive for cocaine.

He was arraigned before City Judge Mark Portin and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. Mr. Richardson is also under supervision by the state Parole Department.

Hudson Police will continue efforts to improve the quality of life in the city and work with other law enforcement agencies to achieve this, according to a press release from Police Commissioner Gary Graziano and Police Chief Ellis C. Richardson.

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